Summer safety tips for you and your pets!

by | General Pet Care |

As we enter our summer months, it’s important to acknowledge the effects of the weather and hot sun on our pets. With a few helpful tips, you can keep your pets safe, and enjoy a fun summer together! 

Protecting pads 

If the pavement is too hot for your feet, then it is too hot for your dog as well. Limit your time outside, especially when temperatures are high. Some signs of burnt pads include limping, licking or chewing feet, refusing to walk, or in extreme cases, blisters, redness or even part of the pad missing. 

Do not leave your pet in the car 

Dogs have a limited ability to sweat, so even a short time in a hot environment can be dangerous. If you are travelling with your pet, plan ahead to find pet-friendly rest stops. If you can’t take them inside with you when you leave your car and you have no one travelling with you who can stay with your furry friend, leave them at home where they are safe. 

Water and cool shade 

Make sure your furry friend has access to fresh water at all times and find a cool place away from the sun while spending time with them outside. This can prevent your pet from getting heatstroke. 

Know your dog 

Some dogs are more susceptible to heat exposure and the effects of the sun. Certain types of dogs, such as Northern breeds or short-muzzled dogs, can have a more difficult time in the heat. Dogs that are older, overweight, taking certain medications or with certain medical conditions are also more susceptible to heat exposure.    

Be aware of bugs 

There are a number of bugs that can be harmful and irritating to our furry friends. Mosquitoes cause local irritation and can transmit heartworm. Heartworm medication can be given to your dogs during mosquito season as a preventative measure.  

Fleas are also a bug to watch out for and there are many products to prevent them. Talk to your veterinarian about the best option for your dog. 

Ticks can transmit Lyme disease and are especially common in grassy and heavily forested areas. There are insect repellants to repel ticks, as well as medications your veterinarian can prescribe. Learn more about tick prevention.  

Flies such as horse and deer flies can cause itching and irritation. To learn more, read our blog. 

Don’t be afraid to go out and enjoy the weather with your pet! Just keep these handy tips in mind when you do and enjoy the summer weather!